• How to Enhance Unity and Stability in Iraq

    How to Enhance Unity and Stability in Iraq

    Muhammad Abu Rumman
    November 11, 2008

    President-elect Obama’s administration must not give any inkling that Iraq is becoming less important to Washington if it wants to shore up real but fragile gains in Iraqi stability.

  • Shiite Politicization in the Middle East

    Rodger Shanahan
    August 25, 2008

    Not since the Iranian revolution has the issue of Shiite political development been of such interest to observers of Middle Eastern politics.

  • Political Reform in Iran: Dead or Alive?

    Farideh Farhi
    August 25, 2008

    Ten days of raucous student demonstrations across Iran in June prompted fresh predictions of the Iranian regime's imminent demise. But by July, regime hardliners had regained the upper hand by arresting some four thousand people. This summer's back-and-forth is yet another indication that in Iran a highly contentious but gradual process of political change is more likely than revolution.

  • Democracy in Post-Islamist Societies: Liberalism by Default?

    Abdelwahab El-Affendi
    August 22, 2008

    Since his release from prison late last year, the prominent Sudanese Islamist and former Speaker of Parliament Hassan Turabi has been busy preaching democracy as the best possible system for Muslim countries. Many might consider Turabi's ardent espousal of democracy highly suspect, given his repressive record during the decade when he was Sudan's de facto ruler (1989-1999).

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